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Massa in the Cold, Cold Ground

February 23, 2009


Massa in the Cold, Cold Ground

Round de meadows am a ringing,
De darkeys’ mournful song.
While de mocking bird is singing,
Happy as de day am long;
Whar de ivy am a creeping
O’er de grassy mound.
Dar old massa am a sleeping,
In de cold, cold ground.

CHORUS–Down in de corn-field,
Hear dat mournful sound,
All de darkeys am a weeping–
Massa’s in de cold, cold ground.

When de autumn leaves were falling,
When de days were cold.
“Twas hard to hear old massa calling,
Case he was so weak and old.
Now de orange tree am blowing,
On de sandy shore.
Now de summer days am coming.
massa neber calls no more.
CHORUS–Down in de corn-field, &c.

Mass made de darkeys love him.
Case he was so kind;
Now dey sadly weep above him,
Mourning as he leave behind
I canted work before tomorrow,
Cause the tear-drops flow,
I try to drive away my sorrow,
Pickin’ on de old banjo.
CHORUS–Down in de corn-field, &c.

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 21, 1853


The sheet music and lyrics to Massa’s in the Cold, Cold Ground, can be found at This version was published in 1890 with a few variations on words and spellings.

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